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What's the Difference?: Centipede vs. Millipede

Is that creepy crawly covered in legs a centipede or a millipede? Here's how to tell. 

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Quiz: Are You A Water Snake Expert?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Do Animals Get Sunburned?

If you've ever spent a long day in the sun with no sunscreen, you've probably paid the price in the form of a bad sunburn. But are animals at risk for painful sunburns too? 

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Snakes in the Water? Don't Worry; They're Not After You

Learn more about the northern water snake, one of the most common water snakes in Illinois.

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A Plant That Does What It's Told? Obedient Plant Isn't Just a Misnomer

A plant that does what it's told? The name obedient plant may seem like a misnomer, but the flowers of this plant can be turned in any direction and will stay in place once moved, hence the name.

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Here's How To Create A Healthy Bat Habitat in Your Yard — And Why You Should

Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial. 

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What's the Difference?: Monarch Butterfly vs. Viceroy Butterfly

Is that orange and black butterfly floating by a monarch or a viceroy? Here's how to tell the difference.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge on the High-Flying Osprey

Answer these 10 questions to see if you are an osprey expert.

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The Buzz on Cicadas: How This Summer's Insects Are Different Than Their Famous 17-Year Relatives

That buzz you hear coming from the trees in your yard is coming from cicadas, but not the type of the insect that emerges only every 17 years. These cicadas emerge every summer, alerting us to their presence with their well-known buzzing sound.

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The Shrimp Found In Illinois Waterways Aren't Like the Ones on Your Dinner Plate

Shrimp in Illinois waterways? It's true, but these aren't the kind of crustaceans you'd order in a restaurant.

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Throwback Thursday: That Time We Captured an Alligator at Lake Renwick

Just like now in Humboldt Park, 'Alligator' Bob (he never reveals his last name) was on the case at Lake Renwick along with Forest Preserve District Wildlife Biologist Glen Buckner.

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Intoxicated Man Has Uber Deliver Orphaned Bird to Rehab

Heroes come in all different stages of sobriety.

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Creature Feature: The Awesome Osprey

Osprey or eagle? Learn what sets the osprey apart from other birds of prey.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Bats Get Dizzy When Hanging Upside Down?

Hanging upside down for even a few seconds will leave anyone feeling dizzy and a little lightheaded, so how do bats do it?

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What's the Difference?: Dragonfly vs. Damselfly

Is that big, buzzing insect a dragonfly or a damselfly? Learn how to tell the difference.

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Current Headlines

Forest Preserve Visitor Centers Closed Friday for Annual Employee Meeting

12/9/2019

Forest Preserve visitors centers will be closed Friday, December 13, for an annual employee meeting.

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Eagle Watch Event Expands, Features Raptor Programs

12/6/2019

'Eagle Watch 2020' on January 3 and 4 also will include guided hikes, a food truck and eagle-oriented activities at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon.

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